CARVELL WILLIAMS (Notts, Mansfield)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the stipend of £2,000 a year, payable out of the Consolidated Fund to the Bishop of Guiana, has lapsed by the death of the late Bishop; whether the Diocesan Synod of British Guiana has 1852 applied to the Governor and Court of Policy for a grant of £500 a year out of the Colonial Revenues towards the salary of a new Bishop; and whether, in the event of an Ordinance for that purpose being passed, the Secretary of State for the Colonies, adhering to the policy adopted in recent years in regard to the cessation of grants for religious purposes in Crown Colonies, will advise Her Majesty to refuse to sanction any such Ordinance?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. S. BUXTON,) Tower Hamlets, Poplar
The stipend of £2,000 a year payable out of the Consolidated Fund to the Bishop of British Guiana has lapsed by the death of the late Bishop. The Diocesan Synod has requested the Governor to submit to the Combined Court a Vote from the Colonial Revenues towards the salary of the new Bishop. But the Secretary of State has informed the Governor that he considers that the Church of England in British Guiana already receives a full proportion of assistance from public funds, and that he is not prepared to approve of any further Vote being proposed.